2nd confirmed Ebola case in Congo's city of Goma dies

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Two million people live in the city and it is close to Rwanda.

The latest death from the dreaded haemorrhagic virus was announced nearly a year since the first cases of the outbreak were recorded on August 1 last year.

But WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said the concern as Ebola enters its second year is that the virus again will spread into one or more of Congo's nine neighboring countries.

Health officials believe the patient, a man, is not connected to the first case in Goma.

The transmission of the disease to Goma has raised an alert on the need to increase preparedness and surveillance, especially in the neighbouring countries because of the high mobility of the population in the city.

It is a transportation hub with airport and ferries.

U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Coordinator David Gressley and WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall said Wednesday they're "working intensively" to halt the spread of the virus.

There have been over 2,600 confirmed cases and 1,800 deaths from Ebola over the past year.

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The second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history was declared a rare global health emergency days after the first case was confirmed in Goma, a scenario that health officials had long feared. Two weeks ago, it was declared a public health emergency of worldwide concern. The organization says the risk of national and regional spread of the outbreak remains "very high". "The population in Goma, DRC is highly mobile, so this is an event we have anticipated".

"At this time we have no specific information regarding a specific exposure to a known Ebola case", he said. Fall and Gressley also said there is no evidence the second case is connected to the first. The United Nations and partners are continuing to ramp up the response in support of the Government and to further bolster joint action. He was isolated at an Ebola treatment center on Tuesday.

Health centres have also been provided with training and equipment to improve infection prevention and control.

DRC is now experiencing its worst Ebola outbreak in recent times.

Daily meals provided to 25,000 schoolchildren in Ebola-affected areas to help build trust within communities.

Outbreak response teams have been intensively following the man's contacts during the 21-day monitoring period.

Uganda reported last month two people had died from the virus and more than two dozen may have been exposed.

Mr Muyembe added: "The Goma case died because he went to hospital very late".

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